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Old 02-17-2004, 01:22 AM   #1
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Help: Accidently deleted file

Hey guys im a big ol newbie at linux and was just wondering if there is anyway i can get a file i accidently deleted from /usr/bin/ back

the file is /usr/bin/transcode

i have my reasons for accidently deleting this file and if i told you them it wouldn't sound so stupid but im not getting into that. i just need to know if i can get this file back i did it in command using rm transcode.
Main reason i need this file back is because i have the program installed but i cannot use it now because the executable thingy is gone
anyway help if you can anyone. Thanks

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Old 02-17-2004, 01:39 AM   #2
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If you use ext3 I think there's a way, but maybe its quicker just reinstalling the app?
Old 02-17-2004, 01:47 AM   #3
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Check out the LQ FAQ: Security references, post #5 "Forensics, recovery, undelete" for undelete HOWTO's and tools.
Old 02-17-2004, 08:43 AM   #4
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I've never tried to undelete a file in Linux but if you want to go that way then it's imperative that you don't do any operation that will cause a write to the partition where that file resides as that may overwrite the sectors it used.

But I think the easiest thing for you to do would be to reinstall the application that this file comes from.
Old 02-17-2004, 10:24 AM   #5
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1. unmount the partition on which the file was, if possible.
2. use debugfs to undelete the file (debugfs --help; man debugfs)

Old 02-17-2004, 10:34 AM   #6
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thanx everyone for their help. I ended up just reinstalling regretably but it's fixed now, ill learn not to be so hast in my deletions next time


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